P4P countdown: No 3: Gennady Golovkin
Over the course of this week, Boxing Monthly online is counting down our latest pound for pound top ten, based on the votes of a panel comprising ten of our writers. Today we reveal the man who came third...
Name: Gennady Golovkin
BM online P4P ranking: 3rd (down one place from January)
Fight record: 38-0-1 (33 KOs)
Report card: 2017 saw GGG face two monumental challenges, in the form of Danny Jacobs and - finally - Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez. Golovkin squeaked past Jacobs with some difficulty in March - proving that when the chips are down he can find a way to win - and most observers felt he did enough to deny Canelo in September, although the fight was scored a draw. After Canelo was suspended for a positive drugs test, GGG had a stay busy fight against Vanes Martirosyan in May 2018 - winning via impressive second-round KO.
Prospects: Golovkin's P4P standing, reputation and legacy are arguably all at stake in the Canelo rematch, which is now set for September. At 36, Golovkin's career his career would appear to be entering its crucial final stages.
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 84 - all ten of our panel ranked GGG in their individual top tens, with one giving him top spot. Seven of our panel ranked him third, and two placed him second.
NB: Voting panel for the BM online P4P rankings were: Mark Butcher, Luke Byron, Luke G. Williams, Andrew Harrison, Paul Zanon, James Oddy, Chris Williamson, Callum Rudge, Michael Montero and Shaun Brown.
Each panellist ranked their top ten in order, with the boxer placed first receiving ten points, second nine points, third eight points and so on. Boxers were then ranked by the overall number of points accrued.